Welcome to the Northumberland County Historical Society website. We are located just off the Courthouse Square of Heathsville, VA in Northumberland County. You are invited to browse our website and learn more about the heritage of those who came before us and to become a part of the future of Northumberland County.

Call for Authors

The Northumberland County Historical Society is calling for authors for its Annual Book Fair, to be held on Saturday, June 20th, 2015 in conjunction with Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern Farmer’s Market and historical tours.  Authors of history (local, national or world), historical fiction, and history appropriate for young readers are invited to participate and to sell and sign their books.  The Book Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Society’s headquarters at 86 Back Street in Heathsville. Details and registration information are available from the Society at 804-580-8581. The entry deadline is June 1st. Space is limited. If you have not written a book, but simply love to read history, please make plans to attend.


The Society exists to preserve the history and genealogy of the people as well as the memory of the historical events of Northumberland County, Virginia. It is also the mission of the Society to educate the public in the rich history and genealogy of Northumberland County, the “Mother County” of the Northern Neck of Virginia.

The Bulletin

Published since 1964, The Bulletin of the Northumberland County Historical Society is well known both locally and nationally. The Bulletin contains original articles on the people, places, and events of Northumberland County and the Northern Neck of VA, chronicling our history since the seventeenth century. Copies of all issues since 1964 may be purchased by calling or e-mailing the Society during business hours.

Research Fee Charges

For those who come into our library to do their own research, the fee is $10.00 per day for non-members plus 25 cents per page for copies. Members can research in person for free and pay for copies.
For those who send in requests for research by phone, e-mail, or letter, the fee is $20.00 for the first two hours of research plus 25 cents per page for copies requested. If the research goes beyond the initial two hours, the fee is $10.00 per hour. This applies to members or non-members. The Society charges a $10.00 fee for copies of materials in our library made by any electronic device .


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